Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products


Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa


  1. Ehmkay nails says

    The scent sounds amazing and they have such a complete line up. I wonder how efficient the deodeand is though.

  2. All of those must smell amazing!

  3. I’ve seen this brand at Ulta but I haven’t had a chance to try any of their products yet. I know I would adore the fragrance of this line

  4. These sound amazing, I will have to try a different scent. I am allergic to Papaya and I am getting hives just reading this lol I do enjoy this brand, I just haven’t tried as much as I would like too!

  5. I didn’t even need to read what the products were to know that I need to try them all! You had me at coconut & papaya! haha Definitely need to check this brand out!

  6. These all sound fantastic! I will have to keep an eye out for their products!

  7. Those all look like they smell wonderful! I’m especially interested in all of the bath products they offer.

  8. Scent sounds yummy! I love tropical scents too! I’m a lotion/skin care junkie. The deodorant is intriguing. I struggle with finding brands that work for me – due to sensitive skin.

  9. You had me at coconut and papaya! This is definitely my kind of scent, and I am going to be picking up a few things once my budget allows for it!

  10. I love individually wrapped bath bombs

  11. Nora Grahe says

    Thank You for the review! I love the scents, Wow!

  12. I have been reading good things about this line. I need to pick some items up and try it out.

  13. That scrub and lotion are calling my name!!! Coconut and papaya sound perfect right now.

  14. These sound wonderful, I love anything with coconut in it!

  15. Yum! I can imagine how good these must smell! I’m actually writing up my review on a papaya-based skincare product. It is such a luscious ingredient!

  16. Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream seems to be interesting,..

  17. My Nail Polish Obsession says

    Ooooh I bet that stuff all smells amazing!

  18. mmmm I love that coconut smell in the summer!

  19. I would love how this smells!

  20. The body wash sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  21. I must try this deodorant!!

  22. Love this line! It smells heavenly!

  23. Holly Thomas says

    Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant is something I would love to try.

  24. This looks like a great line! I’ll have to stop by my local Whole Foods tomorrow to see if they have it.


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